President Donald Trump is praising retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy as a man of “tremendous vision.” With Kennedy’s exit set for the end of July, Trump is promising to begin the process of replacing him immediately.
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement regarding Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedys retirement and the upcoming confirmation process.
“Justice Kennedy will retire in July and the Supreme Court returns in October, so the Senate ought to spend August and September confirming the next Justice, said Senator Sasse. America has an opportunity to do some civics education a chance to celebrate our system of checks, balances, and limited government. President Trump has an opportunity to keep his promise and put another serious constitutionalist on the court. The Senate has an opportunity to promote serious public deliberation.”
“This news just broke and Washington is already gearing up for Red vs Blue blood sport. Americans ought to aim higher because, as Justice Kennedy put it, our system presumes that there are certain principles that are more important than the temper of the times. Lets get to work.”
The Senate’s Republican leader, Mitch McConnell, says he wants to have a confirmation vote this fall, but Democrats argue that any decision should be put on hold until after midterm elections.